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Cincinnati Library Awarded Five Star Rating

Library Journal v.3, no.2, April 1878

Library Journal v.3, no.2, April 1878 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Library Journal Index of Public Library Service awarded the Cincinnati Public Library a Five-Star Rating for service on November 1. This week, when the print edition of the publication was released, we learned that the Cincinnati Library got the second highest score in the country within its category.

Library Journal‘s ranking compares U.S. public libraries on the quantities of services they deliver based on per capita statistics for library visits, circulation, program attendance, and public Internet use. The LJ Index gives an indication of how libraries stack up to their peers. This year’s ratings were based on 2011 data, which libraries reported to the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Libraries are assigned Michelin guide-like star rankings from three to five stars. In the class of Expenditures of $30 million, five libraries nationwide were given a five-star rating.

This is the second time this year that the Public Library has received national recognition. In May, First Lady Michelle Obama presented the Public Library with the 2013 National Medal for Museum and Library Service during a White House ceremony. The National Medal is the nation’s highest honor conferred on museums and libraries for service to the community and it celebrates institutions that make a difference for individuals, families, and communities. 

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